The founder

Bob Morus founded and serves as President and Director of Winegrowing for Phelps Creek Vineyards. He moved to Hood River in 1989 with the expressed goal of raising both wine grapes and kids. Today, his children are all grown up and the established estate vineyard consists of 34 acres of breathtaking vines.

When not tending the vines or overseeing all production aspects, Bob spends his time commanding a Boeing 777 in international operations for a major airline. 

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Contact Bob at robert@phelpscreekvineyards.com


 

The Winemaker

Alexandrine Roy joined us from Burgundy, France as Director of Winemaking. The fourth generation Vigneron continually amazes our team with her timeless techniques steeped in tradition.

Originally brought in to produce a special cuvée from our estate Pinot Noir, her role has expanded to contributions that reflect in all of our enchanting wines.

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The Cellar/Vineyard Manager

Irineo Magana has been our Manager of Vineyard Operations for over 20 years. He believes that the quality of wine in the bottle first begins with the hours of hard work in the field.

His commitment to quality grape production stems from personal pride in witnessing the vineyards developments transforming wines that truly reflect the beauty of the land. He coordinates a team of three brothers and numerous other workers in the field to make this magic happen.

Irineo was awarded Vineyard Excellence Award in 2016 from Oregon Wine Board.


the enologist

A graduate of UC Davis's Wine program, Bill Swain moved his family to the Columbia Gorge over 30 years ago, seeking the perfect place to start his own winery. He and Bob "kicked the dirt" on Phelps Creek Vineyard's estate long before the land was purchased.

His vast winemaking experience flowed through positions crafting wine in California, Oregon,Venezuela, Virginia and Washington. Bill returned to the Gorge in a dual role as our resident Enologist and Grandfather to his own clan.

 


Assistant Winemaker

Ira Kreft joined our team in 2010. He assists Alexandrine Roy and Bill Swain by bringing an appreciation for traditional winemaking practices as well as New World technology. He enjoys nurturing the native yeast essential to Phelps Creek's unique expression of terroir.  

Earning his Certificate in Winemaking from U.C. Davis, Ira maintains a strong commitment to continuing education. Prior to joining our team he volunteered with many other wineries in both Michigan and Oregon.


 
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The general manager

Lynette Barss-Morus began her journey to Phelps Creek through a serendipitous visit to a Hong Kong wine bar. She unexpectedly ventured into the layover lair of Bob and his co-pilot. Bob, aiming to impress this cute Canadian lass, ordered them a bottle of New Zealand Pinot Noir, and the rest is history.

Lynette spent 12 years in Asia giving marketing support for medical imaging equipment throughout the Pacific Rim. While overseas she attended Hong Kong's prestigious WSET Academy (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), earning her Level III certification.

For all general business, invoice, and billing inquiries, please contact Lynette at lynette@phelpscreekvineyards.com   or   541.399.7928


national sales manager

Emma Healion  brings over 20 years experience as a wine professional—most recently serving as Northwest Regional Sales Manager for Loosen Brothers, North American operations.

An Irish native, Emma immigrated to Denver, Colorado serving in increasingly higher positions within the hospitality industry. After attending Oregon Pinot Camp in 2000, she fully captured the Oregon Wine spirit and packed her bags for Portland in 2004. Emma spent over 8 years with the Galaxy Wine Company selling their impressive portfolio of fine wines.

For National Sales and Distribution inquires, please contact Emma at emma@phelpscreekvineyards.com  or   503.318.1325

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operations coordinator/gorge sales

Nikki Morris - Reade is an Oregon native with roots in Bend. After a short 15 month stay in Denver, Nikki returned to the Pacific Northwest to enjoy a close-knit home life and everything outdoors.

Nikki's results-orientated personality peaked our interest and she joined Phelps Creek Vineyards as Operations Coordinator. Nikki has begun expanding upon her wine knowledge by gaining her Level II WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certification. It has been incredible to witness her growth and development in the wine industry. 

Nikki can be reached at nikki@phelpscreekvineyards.com

 


greater portland sales

Red Walczak is the newest member to join our Phelps Creek family! She came to us as a small-town girl from Michigan with a big heart and an even bigger passion for wine.

Recently graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Criminal Justice, Red made the unparalleled decision to drop everything and instead follow her dream to pursue a career in the world of wine. She loves to leave her mark on every aspect of the vineyard, whether she is sharing the story in the vines or greeting everyone with a warm smile in our Tasting Room. We are excited to have Red join us in a full-time position to include Greater Portland Sales. Welcome to the Team!

For Sales in the Greater Portland area, please contact Red at red@phelpscreekvineyards.com

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wine ambassador

John Boots joined us from the Information Technology industry, where he spent 25 years driving a computer and managing a startup team. Embracing an opportunity for change, John decided to pursue his long-term love affair with wine.

Now challenging WSET Level III (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) certification and traveling to the wine regions of Europe, John looks forward to continuing his oenological immersion with us.

John can be reached at john@phelpscreekvineyards.com 

 


The season’s turn brings with it two new worker bees for the Phelps Creek crew

our Vineyard Ambassadors have arrived!

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Mara Sleeter came to us in May from Portland, where she
studies International Affairs and Economics at Lewis
& Clark College. She works directly with the Queen
Bee (otherwise known as Lynette) in marketing and business, as well as co-leading the Ultimate Wine Country Experience tours. In her time off, Mara enjoys hiking the Gorge, as well as attempting to coax the Queen into joining her for yoga. She hopes to see you come along on one of her tours later in the summer!

Wesley Yu, known around here as Wes, has become Phelps Creek “casual." Wes’s developing interest with wine stems from a worldly, multicultural upbringing. He spent 7 years abroad in Shanghai after a childhood spent in Los Angeles. His palate and exploration with the world of wine blends with an exposure to various cultures and cuisines around the world. Wes finds it fascinating how almost all cultures find some way to incorporate wine, alcohol, or other fermented beverages into their cuisine. After a hard week under Lynette's “wing”, you might even find a single malt whiskey in his glass. Coming to us from Oregon State’s BioResource Research program, in the College of Agriculture, Wes is eager for Bill’s mentoring in the science and art of winemaking.


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